By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
RTW’s Matinda Pope was run out by Ashley Pope for 15 runs to end the match on 189 and his team lost to Vincy by 18 runs on Sunday afternoon in Greenland, in the BVI Cricket Association Nagico Cup, in honor of long serving president Ralph T. O’Neal.
Chasing Vincy’s 207 after rebounding from 72-6, RTW lost the crucial bat of Turby Xavier who was run out a run shy of a half century by Wicket Keeper Cameron Williams, to derail their chances, leaving them 48 runs adrift. The next two batsmen could only add 30 to the score sheet. Xavier and Pope had an eight wicket 74 run partnership in 16.4 overs, to bring them back into the match before Xavier was run out after hitting six sixes for his team high 49.
Vincy’s Brent DeFreitas—who had a knock of 44 during his team’s 207 total as the top batsman—bagged 2-15 while Chris Munphrey snatched, 3-48.
“The Vincy bowlers made it hard for us and they bowled a good line and length, but at the end of the day, we batted poorly and made some poor decisions,” RTW’s Captain Joel Williams expressed. “Basically, that cost us the game. Looking at the scoreboard at something like 44-5, the way the two guys stayed in and bat, we had a chance but couple decisions went against us so it wasn’t anything we could have done about them.”
With losses to Grenada and Police, DeFreitas said they came with the intention to win and get it over with.
“Our players really stepped up and I must congratulate the Vincy team,” he said. “A win today came down to discipline. As a team, you have to have discipline especially coming down to the end with games like these. You have to be positive in everything you do and today, it was discipline that took us through the end of the game.”
Williams, Xavier and Morry Ollivierre, bagged two wickets each for RTW. Kenrick Leslie and Cameron Williams contributed 32 and 30 to Vincy’s tally, with a contributing 24 from Ashley Pope and another supporting 22 off the bat of McTair James.
In the morning match, despite Grenada’s Captain Derol Redhead 113 (14 boundaries and seven 6s) before he was dismissed lbw, the Virgn Gorda Spartans picked up their first victory as their opponent’s other batsmen failed to produce while they had six scoring in double figures.
Grenada were out for 183, with the Spartans’ Dale Africa bagging 2-15.
In reply, Kazim Haywood had 60 before he was bowled by Irwin Lewis, setting them up for 184-9 and their important first win on the league, following a string of losses starting on opening day. Makesh Krishna’s 26, Samuel Jones’ 22 and Alvin Africa’s supporting 22, helped the visitors to their first league victory of the season.
Grenada’s Nyra Stuart bagged 3-34 and Lewis, 2-27.